25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »

GRiZ fuels resurgence with two fresh new tracks, makes vocal debut

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GRiZ fuels resurgence with two fresh new tracks, makes vocal debutGriz Singles

GRiZ has made his soulful return to electronic frontlines with a double-dose of his boogie emblem. In 2018, GRiZ has been wowing funk-friendly crowds near and far, at hallowed venues like Chicago’s Navy Pier and Red Rocks, with the help of his newly instated 15-piece live band.

The two new tracks, “It Gets Better” and “Can’t Get Enough,” mark the end of a year of release dormancy for the longstanding hallmark in the electronic circuit. The latter of offerings ushers in GRiZ’s inaugural vocal display, as the Denver-based producer delivers his own rap verse, over a bout of his characteristically glitchy guitar riffs. Choral supplement runs abound in “It Gets Better,” which features the GRiZ-adjacent proponent of all things “love and positivity,” Virginian rapper, D.R.A.M.. Both tracks fit neatly inside GRiZ’s perpetual good-time arena—while he continues to stretch into formerly untapped artistic reservoirs.

THEY. pull off transformative remix of Chromeo & DRAM’s “Must’ve Been”

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THEY. pull off transformative remix of Chromeo & DRAM’s “Must’ve Been”AleanderBlack THEY. Main

Chromeo‘s DRAM-assisted “Must’ve Been” has been given a stunning overhaul by fast rising R&B duo THEY. The original track has been in rotation since April as an up-beat single from the Funklordz latest LP Head Over Heels, featuring an infectious hook courtesy of the Virginia-born rapper and an ultra-cheeky music video to match. The song previously received remix treatments from artists including CID, Mercer, and Yolanda Be Cool.

Mind of a Genius-championed production outfit THEY. take the original’s chorus and a slinky new verse from singer Drew Love, and lay them over a lush, retro-inspired R&B production from the duo’s producer Dante Jones. The result isn’t just a remix, but a unique reimagining of the original canvas.  Even Chromeo themselves admit THEY.’s take caught them by surprise, and could be even better than the original. Dave 1 elaborated to Complex

“Obviously we’ve been fans of THEY. for a minute (Dante’s a genius producer). We were initially expecting some sort of remix or rework but they’ve turned ‘Must’ve Been’ into an entire different song! Not gonna lie, it might be better than the original.”

DRAM – “Best Hugs” Video

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Although he’s released a fair amount of collaborations, we hadn’t heard much from DRAM under his own name since his 2016 full-length Big Baby D.R.A.M. until the rapper-singer surprise-released his That’s A Girls Name EP last month. It was very good. Today he’s sharing the music video for the EP’s lead … More »

DRAM drops off surprise three-tracker, ‘That’s a Girl’s Name’

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DRAM drops off surprise three-tracker, ‘That’s a Girl’s Name’DRAM Thats A Girls Name

DRAM has effectively surprised his listeners by dropping a brand new EP out of the blue — an increasingly common practice in the music industry. That’s A Girls Name contains three tracks: “Best Hugs,” “WWYD?” and “Sundress.” With a laid-back vibe and live feel, this EP screams summer. “Best Hugs” and “WWYD” bring a chilled, California-inspired atmosphere behind DRAM’s uplifting vocals. “Sundress” has a more indie feel, with a leading bass line atop a rock canvas.

The talented vocalist has proven  his vast range in both a singing and a production sense across multiple releases. For further inspection into DRAM’s chops, check out his stripped-down rendition of Andre 3000s “Prototype.”

His last EP was his Christmas project, #1HappyHolidaySince then, he’s collaborated with Diplo, Charlie Heat, Chromeo, and Neil Young. The Virginia-born’s debut album, Big Baby DRAM, which featured his breakout hit, “Broccoli” with Lil Yachty, dropped in 2016, boasting appearances from Young Thug and Erykah Badu. His debut single, “Cha Cha,” was also a piece of audio heat.

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WATCH: Chromeo and DRAM perform ‘Must’ve Been’ on Colbert with a full-on gospel choir

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Right up until the release of their brand new album, Head Over Heels, Chromeo was building up to the massive amount of funk that would follow.

One of the most outright instances of this was when the duo took the Late Show with Colbert and DRAM to play out the LP’s first single, “Must’ve Been,” the night before the album’s release.

In an effort that would only go on to ensure listeners would continue to fall head over heels for the new material, Chromeo let the funk flow, bringing out a full-on gospel choir and letting loose.

Photo Credit: Tim Saccenti

 

Chromeo releases CID’s energetic remix for ‘Must’ve Been’

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Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo has been keeping fans on their toes with the announcement of their fifth studio album, Head Over Heels, on the horizon for this June. With lead singles like “Bedroom Calling” and “Must’ve Been,” it seems as if the guys are dipping even more into R&B by enlisting features like D.R.A.M. and The-Dream.

In order to create even more buzz, the duo has released a remix from Grammy-winning artist CID, who has worked with everyone from Cedric Gervais to Kaskade and Tiësto.

CID takes the funky original “Must’ve Been” and turns it into a high-energy deep house tune that dances with clean high hats and strategic vocal chops that will start your week in style.

Blonde put a groovy twist on Chromeo and D.R.A.M.’s ‘Must’ve Been’

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Shortly after releasing the endlessly funky “Must’ve Been” in April, Chromeo announced a remix for the collaboration with D.R.A.M.

Bristol-based producers Blonde have put their own groovy twist on the already-energetic original. They’ve substituted a lively piano and dance beat for the original’s guitar melody, priming the single for the dance floor. Blonde’s rendition maintains the spirited atmosphere of the original, but adds an extra kick of dance music appeal.

After revealing a series of singles like “Juice” and “Bedroom Calling,” we’re just a month shy of the release of Chromeo’s fifth studio album, Head Over Heels, out June 15 on Big Beat/Atlantic Records.

WATCH: Chromeo performs ‘Must’ve Been’ with DRAM on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

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With only a little over a month to go until the release of Chromeo‘s fifth studio album, Head Over Heels, the electro-funk veterans headed to New York City to promote the LP on Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show. The Funk Lordz have previously teased two other sexy singles off the LP — “Juice” and “Bedroom Calling.”

Performing their newest DRAM-assisted single, “Musta Been,” on May 8, Chromeo’s Dave 1 and P-Thugg delivered a flashy, colorful performance complete with all the off-beat iconography of their forthcoming LP, which included keyboard stands that sprout out slender feminine legs donning high heels.

The duo was joined on-stage by legendary guitarist Jesse Johnson, along with the Tonight Show‘s house band, The Roots. However, it was DRAM’s vocals that took center stage as the seasoned German singer/rapper graced the stage with palpable energy, bouncing between the band’s clean guitar riffs and impressive keyboard breakdowns.

Chromeo are already currently on their album-accompanying Head Over Heels worldwide tour, with stops in North America and parts of Europe. Head Over Heels is set for release on June 15, 2018.

Chromeo Drops New Single, Plays The Tonight Show, & Announces Album Release Date

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What a helluva 2 days for the funk duo Chromeo! Chromeo debuted a new track, ‘Bad Decision’ – The song is the latest release from their highly anticipated forthcoming album Head Over Heels, which now has an official release date – out June 15 on Big Beat/Atlantic Records and available for pre-order here. “Bad Decision”

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